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What are your ears itching to hear?

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Don’t you just love all the wonderful options we have these days where churches are concerned?

I mean, gosh, somewhere there’s a church, television show, or a website proclaiming a message someone wants to hear.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” (2 Timothy 4:3 – 4:4 NKJV)

The word “fables” is translated from the Greek word “mythos”, meaning – a tale, myth, fiction.

Many stories sound nice, but nice doesn’t necessarily equate with truth.

Christian folklore won’t raise the dead, but may harden someone’s heart.

Although a “church” may be known as a Christian hotspot, popularity isn’t necessarily an indicator of God’s approval.

In fact, if you’ll take a moment and remember all that you’ve read in the Bible, you’ll recall the majority is almost never right. The majority is typically found opposing God.

Truth isn’t always a popular thing.

At the Tower of Babel, the majority was wrong.

The residents of Sodom and Gomorrah were wrong, though they were loud, demonstrative, and in the majority.

The majority follow good marketing hype, popular opinions, charismatic personalities, and anyone who promises a great life with little investment or trouble.

“All you need is to believe in yourself, and you’ll have a life everyone else will envy.”

Truth is sometimes hard to handle. The Apostle Peter remarked that some of Paul’s writings were difficult to understand. But he reminds the reader to remain steadfast in the truth, not being led away into error. (2 Peter 3)

If you don’t abide in truth, you’re giving in to error, myths, and “Christian” fables.

In short, if you shun truth because it “doesn’t bear witness with your spirit”, you’re settling for a lie.

So what are your ears itching to hear?

Jesus said, “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.”

It is very difficult to listen to the Spirit of God, and understand what He is saying, if we’re focused on something else.

No, I don’t want to sit and listen to gloom and despair, or how bad things are going to get before Jesus comes.

I’d rather not listen to a prophet who only speaks of judgment.

But I do want truth. I NEED truth.

And so does this world, whether they know it, or believe it, or not.

Truth may not give a person goosebumps, but it can enlighten one’s darkened spirit.

Truth won’t bow down to presidents or kings, peons or paupers.

It never yields to opinion polls, Twitter followers, or Facebook friends.

Truth doesn’t care who’s listening; it’s the same in season and out.

Truth is always relevant. Fads and fetishes are not.

What are your ears itching to hear?

“How can I tell the difference between truth and error?”

The word of God is truth (John 17:17).

Anything which doesn’t line up with the whole counsel of God is error.

“Mostly true” is error.

If you’re determined to hear (and speak) truth, don’t be surprised when people mock you for taking a stand for truth.

“We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19 NLT)

And don’t be surprised to learn the majority of the world, unfortunately, will not repent of their rebellious ways.

“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil people and impostors will flourish. They will deceive others and will themselves be deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:12 – 3:13 NLT)

One last time: what are your ears itching to hear?

You’d better know the answer…

Could YOU be a CONTENDER?

Could YOU be a contender?

“On The Waterfront” is, in my opinion, one of the greatest movies ever produced! With great acting by Marlon Brando, Rod Steiger, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden, and Lee J. Cobb, and directed by Elia Kazan, the film won 8 Oscar Awards in 1955. From its powerful storyline comes the famous line by Terry Malloy (Brando) to his brother Charley (Steiger), “I coulda been a contender.” He was referring to an earlier time in his life, when as a boxer, he purposely lost a fight he could have, and should have won; all because his brother had connections to the mob.

I thought of this movie and its storyline while considering what Jude wrote to the first century believers:

“Dear friends, I’ve dropped everything to write you about this life of salvation that we have in common. I have to write insisting – begging! – that you fight with everything you have in you for this faith entrusted to us as a gift to guard and cherish. What has happened is that some people have infiltrated our ranks (our Scriptures warned us this would happen), who beneath their pious skin are shameless scoundrels. Their design is to replace the sheer grace of our God with sheer license – which means doing away with Jesus Christ, our one and only Master.” (Jude 1:3-4 MSG)

Another version uses the word “contend”:

“…I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3 ESV)

Jude was looking for CONTENDERS!

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